New Orleans faces a 'slime wave'

The Gulf oil spill could end up blasting New Orleans with crashing waves of black muck.

The Gulf oil spill could end up blasting New Orleans with crashing waves of black muck.

Hurricane season starts tomorrow, and officials yesterday warned that high winds and rough surf could turn crude oil leaking from a BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico into a black tidal surge capable of sliming miles of coastline with a stinking, sticky mess.

"You put a major hurricane in there, you're liable to have oil in downtown New Orleans," Ron Kendall, an environmental professor at Texas Tech University, told National Geographic.

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